It was a daunting week for the French and European champions, with two games against top teams in D1 Féminine on either side of a trip to Amsterdam for a mid-week Champions League match. But les Fenottes came through with flying colors, beating all three opponents and conceding just one goal over the week. The final victory in the series was a 3-0 win over Bordeaux on Sunday, ensuring that Lyon remain on top of the D1F table.
Ajax may be “stronger than grease” but they weren’t stronger than Lyon on Wednesday as OL Féminin picked up a 4-0 win in Amsterdam in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16. The titleholders now have one foot in the quarterfinals after goals from four different players carried les Fenottes to a comfortable victory.
Les Fenottes kicked off a critical week for their title defenses with an important 2-1 win over a dangerous Montpellier team. Montpellier managed to end OL’s run of clean sheets, but couldn’t keep Lyon from maintaining a perfect 6-0 record in D1 Féminine.
It wasn’t always pretty, but it’s the result that counts. Lyon picked up a 2-0 win away at Rodez on Sunday, as Saki Kumagai and Delphine Cascarino each recorded their first goals of the season. And with PSG only managing a draw at home against Lille, Lyon are alone in first place as the only D1 Féminine team with 5 wins from 5.
It’s been a tough few months for Les Canaris. The dreadful start to their season is shocking for a team who can usually be counted on for their reliable, midtable performances. Most of the news out of Brittany these days revolves on their manager, Miguel Cardoso, and Waldemar Kita, president of Nantes and one of Ligue 1’s most despised supervillains.
However, while they might be in 19th place, they’re only one point from 18th placed Monaco. Misery loves company, right? Especially when said company ended last season in second place and is a perennial Champions League participant.
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Parc OL, Lyon
2 PM EST (20:00 CST, 19:00 UST)
A 5-0 win for OL Féminin over Avaldsnes on Thursday secured the defending champs’ spot in the Champions League Round of 16. Lyon came into the match with a 2-0 advantage on aggregate after their win in Norway two weeks ago, and recorded goals from each of the front three to avoid any surprise early in the season’s biggest competition.
It’s been a week of champagne and chocolate. Last Wednesday’s entirely unexpected win at Manchester City, coupled with this weekend’s win over Marseille, has revitalized a Lyon side that’s struggled with form since August.
Their unconvincing season start against Ligue 1 bottom feeders Nice, Caen, Reims, Strasbourg, and Amiens – taking 7 points out of 15 – convinced both fans and pundits alike that Lyon would be lucky even to qualify for next year’s Europa League. But as usual, Lyon proved once again that they play better against bigger opponents.
Which is TERRIBLE because their next opponent is Dijon, a team that plays the kind of football that Lyon just don’t know how to deal with. It’s not going to be easy going from champagne football to sandwich toppings, and if any team can mess it up, it’s Lyon.
Wednesday, Septermber 26th, 2018
Stade Gaston Gérard, Dijon
1 PM EST (19:00 CET, 18:00 UST)